You meticulously count calories, diligently tracking everything that goes into your mouth. Of course you've figured out exactly how many calories you need each day to lose weight. You have a sports watch to track how many you burn. Everything goes onto a spreadsheet or an app like My Fitness Pal.
If you don't lose weight you double down. You start restricting things. Perhaps working out more. But the scale won't move. Or maybe you lose some weight but gain it back (like most people).
As you get more and more frustrated with yourself (and wondering why you're so moody and tired) you rack your brain to figure out what's going on. Well, I have a theory. It's the calorie itself and you should stop counting them.
According to a recent article Death of the Calorie: "The calorie as a scientific measurement is not in dispute. But calculating the exact calorific content of food is far harder than the confidently precise numbers displayed on food packets suggest."
There are many reasons for this:
So what can you do? Here are a few suggestions:
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